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Lifelong learning for adults is an increasingly important educational specialization in the 21st century. The massive economic, political, social and psychological changes that are transforming the nature and structure of virtually all institutions in society have rendered obsolete the notion that people can be adequately educated, once and for all, in their youth. In addition, the challenges faced by adults today call for changes in our social, economic, and political systems. The Adult Learning and Leadership Program emphasizes transformative learning and development for adult and organizational change in many different settings — educational institutions, business and non-profit or government institutions, healthcare, and community settings. We prepare educational leaders to create bridges to strengthen organizational, community and national capacity.
The Adult Learning and Leadership Program offers various degree options, including the M.A., the Ed.M. and the Ed.D.—with concentrations in in 1.) Adult Education and Organizational Learning and 2.) Healthcare Human Resources.
Watch a short video overview of the graduate programs in Adult Learning and Leadership.
Victoria Marsick, Professor of Adult Learning and Leadership, is the Program Coordinator for the Adult Learning and Leadership Program.
The Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) Program is a highly selective, fast-track cohort program leading to the Ed.D. AEGIS is for mid-career professionals who work full time, and who choose to pursue a doctorate in a concentrated format.
Watch a short video introduction to the Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) Program.
Lyle Yorks, Associate Professor of Adult and Continuing Education, is the Program Director for the Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) Program.
Jeanne Bitterman, Senior Lecturer in Adult Learning and Leadership and AEGIS, is Core Faculty, teaching in each, and assisting in the coordination and administration of both programs.
Terrence Earl Maltbia is a Senior Lecturer in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program and the Faculty Director of the Columbia Coaching Certification Program.
The Adult Learning and Leadership (ALL) program aims to foster transformative learning by helping students surface and challenge their assumptions in order to lead and change themselves and their organizations and communities. Over the past two and half years, a steering committee of Adult Learning and Leadership faculty, staff and students have been working to improve the ALL program such that it better meets student need and aligns with objectives necessary for success in the 21st century. Based on data from interviews and focus groups with current and former students, one area in which the Adult Learning and Leadership program could improve is in the representation of diverse viewpoints across the curriculum. Please visit this page to learn more about these initiatives.
Adult Learning and Leadership (ADUL)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Education (Ed.M.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), AEGIS
International Transformative Learning Conference XI: Teachers College Columbia University is co-hosting--in collaboration with Adult Learning and Leadership alumni Ellen Scully-Russ (AEGIS) at George Washington University and Aliki Nicolaides (ALL) at University of Georgia--the next Transformative Learning Conference, October 24-26, 2014, in the City of New York! The proposal deadline has been extended to February 17, 2014. Learn more
Attention ALL and AEGIS Graduates: Prior to the conference, there will be an ALL/AEGIS Reunion Preconference event (October 23). We hope that many of you will come. We are inviting you to also submit proposals to present papers or conduct experiential sessions at the Transformative Learning Conference, as well as events to be scheduled at the ALL/AEGIS reunion. Form more information, please contact Michellana Jester at email@example.com
1st International Columbia Coaching Program Conference: We would also like to invite you to attend the 1st International Columbia Coaching Program Conference (October 22-23), being organized in partnership with the XI International Transformative Learning Conference. The aim of this 1 ½-day event is to provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore the conference theme of "Space as Context" for executive and organizational coaching. For more information about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact Jean S. Frankel at firstname.lastname@example.org, Maureen C. Solero at email@example.com or click here to Learn more
Professor Arthur Langer was recently featured on Fox News for his work training veterans to get back into the workforce. You can learn more about his non-profit, Workforce Opportunity Services, on his website: http://www.wforce.org/. You can also watch the Fox News segment here:
The Adult Learning and Leadership Program has been awarded the Vice President's Grant for Diversity & Community Initiatives for the academic year 2013-2014! The proposal was the creation of an action research initiative called: Mindfulness into Action. Please contact Mariana Vergara at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Learn more
Professor Judith Parker's "must have book," Pedagogical and Andragogical Teaching and Learning with Information Communication Technologies, recently received a favorable review by Dr. Semire Dikli of Georgia Gwinnett College, and will be published in International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) Volume 4, Issue 4. You can read the full review here: Learn more
Adult Learning and Leadership student Tonia Casarin is the first student of Teachers College to receive a Lemann Fellowship, one of the programs of Brazil's Lemann Foundation. With her own freelance coaching practice in Rio de Janeiro, Tonia is "Blazing a Trail for Brazilian Students." Learn more
The Adult Learning and Leadership program has been awarded the Dean's Fellowship for Teaching and Diversity for the academic year 2013-2014! For more information, please contact Stacey Robbins at email@example.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook. Learn more
Come join the conversation with Professor Lyle Yorks where the discussion and community revolves around strategic thinking and learning for a complex world.
Welton Kwong currently works in the Bay Area as the Program Administrator for English Learners in a district of five high schools. In overseeing a program that serves approximately 1100 students, he recognizes that a key component of his work is to create an organizational environment in which adult learning is valued. Welton studied literature at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University with additional degrees in Education and Educational Leadership from Stanford University and Teachers College, Columbia University respectively.